FRAMINGHAM (CBS) – Framingham Public Schools announced this week that they have suspended all extracurricular activities until January 21 due to an increase in COVID cases. Extracurricular activities include athletics, arts, and clubs.
The district said Wednesday the decision was made in conjunction with the Framingham Department of Public Health and the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education after an increase in cases. At least 1,387 residents had tested positive for the virus since December 29, which is the highest seven-day increase the city has ever seen.
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The city has also suspended indoor group activities offered by the Framingham Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs until January 21.
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Framingham Public Schools also said they were adjusting their COVID-19 response protocols. The district will shift its resources from contact tracing and the “Test-and-Stay” program to a focus on its cluster testing program.
“Our goal is to quickly respond to our positive pools, identify people with COVID-19 and remove them from school to prevent further spread. We hope that by doing so in a timely manner, we will limit the exposure of our students and staff. The district will continue to send notification letters to families when there is a positive case in a classroom,” the school district said.
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The City will monitor COVID testing data over the next two weeks to determine if the current suspension of extracurricular activities should be extended.